The five best known mayoral candidates for this year’s election say they’ve raised serious money. This transforms the dynamics of a hotly contested race to control City Hall.
We’ll have more details in the coming weeks, but each campaign provided The World-Herald with a general overview of its fundraising efforts in 2012:
» Democratic Mayor Jim Suttle’s campaign said it raised roughly $350,000.
» Republican Councilwoman Jean Stothert’s campaign said it raised $330,000. That included roughly $100,000 transferred from her City Council committee.
» Former City Council President Dan Welch, a Republican, reported raising $278,000, including some $12,000 from his council committee.
» Businessman Dave Nabity, a Republican and a key figure in the attempted Suttle recall in 2011, reported raising $273,000.
» And State Sen. Brad Ashford, an independent, reported raising $170,000, including $16,000 moved from his legislative campaign committee.
We’re on pace for the most expensive local election in the city’s history.